Community Projects, Public Events

Historic Garden Week

Staunton’s Tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open for the Tour:

103 Smithleigh Circle

105 Smithleigh Circle

Waverley Hill, N. Augusta Street

 Baldwin Place, a spacious neighborhood with architecture inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, features two homes on this year’s walking tour. Both are beautifully landscaped and overlook a designated open space. Here, at a charming gazebo, visitors can enjoy a floral design demonstration and a gardening talk during the tour. Across North Augusta Street and up a wooded driveway stands Waverley Hill, designed by William Bottomley in 1929. It has been impeccably restored by the current owner. In addition to the house, visitors will enjoy the extensive gardens and water features that complement the original landscaping plan. The swimming pool, recently added, affords beautiful views of the mountains beyond. Staunton Music Festival musicians will perform in the garden throughout the day.

Tickets are available online at Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

(Please note, tickets must be purchased in advance; there are no day-of ticket sales.)

Historic Garden Week of Virginia

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Each spring, The Garden Club of Virginia welcomes visitors to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

how it helps

Proceeds from the statewide event fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth. Since the first statewide tour, over $17 million has been contributed to these worthwhile causes.

Other projects
In 1935, Staunton’s City Manager James C. Ruff aspired to make Staunton the dogwood capital of Virginia to rival Washington, D.C.’s reputation for their cherry blossoms.
The Rawlinson Collection memorializes a former member who was not only an able gardener but also editor for many years of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Garden Gossip.
As a part of its effort to promote and create public awareness of conservation in the Staunton and Augusta County area, the Augusta Garden Club initiated a series of signs to educate the public about the Lewis Creek Watershed.